What is the sign? (Jn 6:30-6:30)


They said to Jesus.

‘What sign

Are you going

To give us then?


We may see it!

We may believe you!

What work

Are you performing?’”

εἶπον οὖν αὐτῷ Τί οὖν ποιεῖς σὺ σημεῖον, ἵνα ἴδωμεν καὶ πιστεύσωμέν σοι; τί ἐργάζῃ

John indicated that this crowd or their representatives then asked Jesus (εἶπον οὖν αὐτῷ) what sign (Τί οὖν…σημεῖον) was he going to do for them (ποιεῖς σὺ).  Then they would see (ἵνα ἴδωμεν) this sign and believe him (καὶ πιστεύσωμέν σοι).  What work was he going to perform (τί ἐργάζῃ)?  This crowd wanted a sign or a miracle.  They wanted to know what he was going to do to help them believe in Jesus himself.  This seeking of signs was common among all the synoptic gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  In Matthew, chapter 12:38, some of these scribes and Pharisees (Τότε ἀπεκρίθησαν αὐτῷ τινες τῶν γραμματέων καὶ Φαρισαίων) asked Jesus, as they called him a teacher or rabbi (λέγοντες Διδάσκαλε).  They wanted to see a sign from Jesus (θέλομεν ἀπὸ σοῦ σημεῖον ἰδεῖν).  Mark, chapter 8:11-12, said that some of these Pharisees came to Jesus (Καὶ ἐξῆλθον οἱ Φαρισαῖοι).  They began to argue, dispute, or discuss with Jesus (καὶ ἤρξαντο συνζητεῖν αὐτῷ).  They asked him to show them a sign from heaven or a heavenly validation of his work (ζητοῦντες παρ’ αὐτοῦ σημεῖον ἀπὸ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ).  They wanted to test or tempt Jesus (πειράζοντες αὐτόν).  Heavenly signs had been common among the prophets to prove their authenticity.  Luke, chapter 11:29, said that the crowds were increasingly pressing (Τῶν δὲ ὄχλων ἐπαθροιζομένων) around Jesus.  Thus, he began to talk (ἤρξατο λέγειν).  He said that this generation was an evil generation (Ἡ γενεὰ αὕτη γενεὰ πονηρά ἐστιν).  They seek signs (σημεῖον ζητεῖ), but no sign will be given to them (καὶ σημεῖον οὐ δοθήσεται αὐτῇ), except the sign of Jonah (εἰ μὴ τὸ σημεῖον Ἰωνᾶ).  Thus, the seeking of signs was not uncommon among the Jewish people of the first century CE.  Do you want to see a miracle or a sign from God?

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